Month: August 2015

An Interview With Rapper Jiggyzz

Jiggyzz

Nick Trapani, probably better know by his stage name “Jiggyzz”, is an independent rapper from my home state of Oklahoma. Very progressive and into the dark side of things, he’s definitely one of my favorite up and coming artists that I like to work with a lot. His upcoming debut album, “Battling Myself”. is a work in progress right now that is shaping up for a 2016 release date. He had time to stop by for an interview in between writing verses for his album, which I am producing for him. Here’s the full interview:

Kyle: First off I’d like to thank you for taking the time to interview with me. Would you like to introduce yourself?

Jiggyzz: My real name is Nick Trapani, but the name I prefer to use on the stage with the mic is Jiggyzz. The name is actually Jiggy, the two z’s are for those sleepin’ on me. I’m just a small town dude tryin to come up in the music business. I just keep workin on it man.

Kyle: You were born and raised in small town Southern Oklahoma. Growing up around the type of people around here, could you give some insight on the unlikely situation that led to you becoming a rapper?

Jiggyzz: Man, look at this place, the Bible Belt of all places, you’d figure rap music isn’t gonna be here, but it is. A lot of my friends growing up would write music and match ’em to beats. I just got lost in music when writing, and where my friends stopped, I just kept on writing.

Kyle: So who are some of your favorite rappers?

Jiggyzz: My favorite rappers have always been the same. Early in life I loved Eminem. My mom even cranked his shit. 2 Pac, Getto Boys, Snoop Dogg, Tech N9ne and Rittz are my favorite artists.

Kyle: What is it about their styles that appeal to you so much?

Jiggyzz: Tupac’s style wasn’t like the style you’d get from the Midwest, so I loved his slower rhythm, and how he portrayed the world around them. Same as these Midwest rappers I hear. Around the Midwest you hear more choppers (edit: fast, rapid-paced rapping). And the lyrical gift to actually say something when spittin’ quick is impressive.

Kyle: How would you say you incorporate elements from these artists into your style? As an artist myself, I typically take elements from all kinds of artists across every genre, to make something new. Do you do something similar?

Jiggyzz: No, I try not to sound like other artists to be real dawg. I have incorporated chopping into my sound, always loved it, but never grasped it well enough to record it. But double time is pointless if you can’t actually say something.

Kyle: Interesting. You also come from a fandom of the most hated band in the world, Insane Clown Posse, but when listening to your music, there is very little of their style that I can hear. How do they influence you?

Jiggyzz: Man yeah I like ICP, you’ll even catch me at a Strange Music event. I like strange sounds and people. The clowns kept me from giving a shit what people thought and I’m a better person because of it.

Kyle: What are your favorite kind of instrumentals to rap to? Obviously I make the majority of your instrumentals, but if you could only make one song to share with the world, what would the instrumental on that song be like?

Jiggyzz: I love orchestra, violins can break or mend a heart if used right man. If I wanted to make one mind blowing song, if have to go with pianos, violins and brass.

Kyle: So you have a brand new record coming out, your debut full-length album, “Battling Myself”. What can you tell us about that record? What kind of headspace does it come from?

Jiggyzz: “Battling Myself” is the outcome of my inner worries and thoughts. What’s gonna become of me if my music doesn’t skyrocket, or the doubt in myself whether or not people are gonna enjoy it or even want it. Sometimes I’m afraid to even pick up my booklets and pen because of that mentality: Battling Myself.

Kyle: What was the first show you ever played? What kind of response did you receive?

Jiggyzz: My first show was fun, it was in Luther, OK. At the Oklahomiez Mini Gathering of the Juggalos. That’s where I met my girlfriend and gained my fanbase. People were unsure of me, I was young, but still had the heart to get up there and work the stage. I was afraid of being axed down but it didn’t happen, even won all my battles on stage.

Kyle: How many shows have you played altogether?

Jiggyzz: I have only preformed around 10 sets in my life and I’m grateful for having supporters and the people who bump my shit.

Kyle: Who is your favorite artist that you’ve either featured with or had feature on a track of yours?

Jiggyzz: To be honest I enjoyed working with Mowgli, dudes a chopper.

Kyle: And who is your favorite local artist?

Jiggyzz: I’d have to say my favorite Local artist would have to be Hang Man.

Kyle: What keeps you doing what you do? The struggle that relatively unknown artists face is definitely not for the faint of heart. Everyone’s got that person or thing that strives them to be better.

Jiggyzz: My little girl & supporters/fans. I do dirt work. And I’m okay at it. And I’m making decent money, but at the same time, it’s not my dream. It’s helped me financially, but it’s not what I’m after. I do hope for success for both me and my daughter. If I can come up so can she.

Kyle: What local artists would you like to work with in the near future?

Jiggyzz: I’m really aiming to work with a few people that I can’t name yet due to the record. But honestly I prefer it when artists hit me up.

Kyle: What personal experiences have you had that you think distinguishes you as an artist? Some things that not everyone might know about.

Jiggyzz: Man.. My laziness to write is definitely a trait. But when i sit down I get it in. My personality doesn’t strike you as a rap artist. So I have trouble with people taking me seriously. Instead I’ve always gotten laughed at or just blank-faced stares when I talk about my music.

Kyle: If you could only play one show, who would you play it with and where would you play it?

Jiggyzz: I would rock the Gathering of the Juggalos with Tech N9ne & Rittz. Ha! Or do Pink Floyd covers wit Roger Waters.

Kyle: Do you see yourself as having the ability to become a mainstream artist? Not in the sense of selling out, but in a type of way that allows you to continue completely being yourself, while still somehow bringing those quirks into a more broad spectrum, similar to Tyler, the Creator or the filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.

Jiggyzz: I see whatcha mean, but naw man, the mainstream isn’t really where I belong. nor where I’d be comfortable. The music industry in the mainstream world and the underground world aren’t comparable, one is a pit bull fight, and the other is a popularity contest. I’ll stay where the doggs stay at.

Kyle: Who are some of your least favorite artists?

Jiggyzz: Least? Ha. Name a rapper on the radio besides TI, or Big Krit. I hate weezy, or Kanye, just never got into their shit. A few tracks rarely come on that I’ve ever enjoyed by relatively mainstream rappers.

Kyle: Is there anything you would like to add? Drop us some links, anything?

Jiggyzz: Just wanna say thank you for having me here and hearing what I gotta say. You always been good to me in the game and I appreciate that dawg. Links? Just find me on reverbnation or Facebook that’s where the tracks are at. My website is down for construction right now.

And that’s all he had to say. From humble beginnings, to small glimpses of success, I hope to share Jiggyzz with the world the only way I can: getting him into my studio and letting him do his thing. Thanks for taking the time to check out this exclusive interview with Jiggyzz!

Copyright 2015 by Kyle Oliver, written 6/18/2015

Kyle Oliver is an award nominated filmmaker for his amazing short film “NUMB“.  He is also a writer, working in screenplays, short stories and novels. To find out more about his latest project,visit http://www.facebook.com/TheManifestingUndead

Advertisements

ALBUM REVIEW- Had Enough’s “Do Not Disturb The Introvert”

11223860_10152999835566009_2509293555348118132_n

Do Not Disturb The Introvert is the upcoming album by Tulsa, Oklahoma rap/hip-hop/alternative artist, Had Enough. I was lucky enough to get the chance to peep the entire album before its release date on September 1st, 2015, this Tuesday, and I also had the opportunity to personally direct a music video for one of the songs on the album. But we’ll get to that later.

Firstly, I want to say that I’ve personally known Had Enough (Brandon Young) for a little over a year now, but no, my review is not at all based on that friendship nor influenced by it. I’ve listened to music from his past three albums (this is his fourth album), and I see such a vast improvement. He is definitely THE artist you want to look at if you’re wanting to know who’s up and coming in the hip-hop scene. I have no doubts that you’ll be seeing him touring on some high profile gigs within the next year, mostly due to his talent, and also contributed by his new found partnership with the brand new Tulsa-independent record label, MuGen Music, owned by Ryan Paquette.

IMG_1390

Now let’s get into the actual album review. The album kicks off with the opening track “Pessimistic”, which has a very apocalyptic/epic vibe to it. I believe it is a track that nearly any other artist would have typically reserved for the closing track on their album, but in this case, the track works more than perfect as an opener. Had Enough comes in after short sample with bars that Eminem himself would envy. His execution of the spot on lyrics he wrote is absolutely brilliant, and not to be matched by many artists on his level of “popularity”. Many rappers/emcees would do well to take notes from his lyricism and songwriting.

11813347_10153035813906009_5501506726085464560_n photo by Samantha Smith

“Pessimistic” is followed by “Do Not Disturb”, one of my personal favorites from the album. I’m sure I won’t be the only one to pick up even stronger Eminem vibes from this track. The beat itself is reminiscent of the beat on Dr. Dre’s “Forgot About Dre, ft. Eminem”, and Had Enough’s lyrics and vocal style on this track highly reflect a long-time influence of this particular brand of hip-hop, but with an entirely fresh spin on the style. I would say that this song is the best on the album, but in that regard, and that regard only, I am slightly biased.

“Anti-Social” is definitely THE best track of the album, and I might say that because I am biased due to the fact that I directed the music video for it which can be found here.

This song goes very deep and rings nearly perfect to my visual style. The video we did was a dark story about a murderous sociopath that has a hard time distinguishing between right and wrong, or even reality for that matter. His vocals on this track are executed in favor of the lyrics written, with a chorus singing, “Anti-Social, I don’t fucking like you. So buy me a beer, you can buy two.” The way he sings these lyrics can come across as if you had just insulted him in the bar and he was trying to tell you to fuck off as politely as an introvert such as himself possibly can, which is not very polite. I absolutely love the aggressive attitude on the track as well as the lyrics, which speak of shitty ex-girlfriends, watching pornhub, among other things that can either be found as hilarious or mentally screw-balled, depending on your point of view.

After this comes “Autistic or Artistic”, which I’m honestly surprised is not already a song title. It is such an obvious choice for someone who is serious about their work, but also knows when to poke fun of themselves. You’re all too late now, the song name is there, and it’s Brandon Young’s. Next up is my least favorite song (along with “Whiskey Sours”), which is called “Everybody’s Fake (ft. Big Chico). It’s nothing against the song itself, as I’m sure plenty of people who hear it will list it up toward the top of their own list, but for me it’s just far too upbeat and happy. Which was probably the point. I think the beat selection was chosen either for “relief” purposes, to create a different vibe before heading into some of the heaviest tracks on the album, or perhaps as a parody of that upbeat style of music that seems to be so popular among the crowd of people I don’t like at all. I’m going to believe it was the second one, because what funnier thing is there to do on a song called “Everybody’s Fake” than to use a beat in the style of fake people’s music? Let’s appeal to the people we don’t like on a song about them. Great idea. Seriously. I like it.

Another particular favorite of mine is “Stan Lee’s Revenge (ft. Kamino)”, probably the heaviest song on the album, and very in the vein of one of my favorite rappers, Tyler, the Creator. The song to me is similar to Tyler’s song “Transylvania”, and has some hilarious lyrics in it about sex with Mary Jane. Obviously the entire song is written in superhero subtexts, and even the beat sounds like a score from a superhero film. This song is my third favorite from the album, and the heaviness is something I definitely love! To sum up the entire album, I truly feel like he spent a lot of time and hard work making something everyone can enjoy. I’m actually not a huge fan of rap or hip-hop, but he is one of those artists I will always listen to, whether we are friends or not. There truly is something for everybody on this album, from heavy to sad to upbeat and epic. His style is one of immense complexity, and he highly appeals to me because his lyrics are true and he never sticks with what he knows. He always seems to be pushing himself outside of his box (if he even has one at this point), and I personally feel like it’s a shame that I even have to classify him as hip-hop or even alternative. He is a breed all of his own, with a sound that is, to me, instantly recognizable, and I think that very soon, a lot of people are going to agree with me. He is one of a very small collective of hip-hop artists that you don’t want to miss out on. His album, Do Not Disturb The Introvert will be available on all major music markets online, like Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play, as well as in select stores for physical purchase.

Had Enough is an artist to be reckoned with, and I hope you all buy a copy of his album, because it’s a great one! I’d have to rate this album 8 out of 10, and keep in mind that I said I’m not really a big fan of much hip-hop, so I’m not rating it an 8/10 for hip-hop, I’m rating it 8/10 for mother fucking music in general! For more on Had Enough and MuGen Music, visit http://www.mugenmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Had-Enough/178645256008?fref=ts

11222636_10153056992646009_8098091599016735663_n photo by Samantha Smith

Copyright 2015 by Kyle Oliver, written 8/29/15

Kyle Oliver is an award nominated filmmaker for his amazing short film “NUMB“.  He is also a writer, working in screenplays, short stories and novels. To find out more about his latest project,visit http://www.facebook.com/TheManifestingUndead